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The trend towards transcontinental sourcing : investigating the motives

Gul, Brian (2022) The trend towards transcontinental sourcing : investigating the motives.

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Abstract:Global sourcing gained a lot of attention over the last 30 years. Initially, mainly cost motives were determinants for deciding to source globally, but more recent research highlighted additional motives. Investigating the trend in which a shift towards sourcing outside of Europe is observed, is continued in this research. A dissection is made between continental and transcontinental sourcing, with a Dutch point of view (geographically). In this way, a better understanding of the motives behind the shift towards transcontinental sourcing is brought into existence. Six hypotheses were tested via a five-point Likert scale survey in Qualtrics. The data was translated into Excel and finally analyzed with SmartPLS 3 software. Analysis showed that volume advantages, price-performance-ratio and technical exclusivity outside of Europe could be positively related towards transcontinental sourcing. Surprisingly, skill availability was negatively related towards transcontinental sourcing, suggesting that continental suppliers offer better (unique) skills compared to transcontinental suppliers. However, no ultimate truth is claimed in this study. Given the small sample size, this study can be considered as an experiential test which should serve inspiration for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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